Oils, yes; carbohydrate, not really. Take a look at figures 11-13 here http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/Publication...y1909-2000.pdf (I think they are not correcting for spoilage and waste, because absolute numbers look very high, but the relative structure should be correct.)Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver
Per capita carbohydrate in 1965 was substantially down compared to 1910, both in absolute numbers and as a percentage of diet. The biggest change with regard to carbohydrates was the reduction in grains. In 1900 the diet was primarily grain-based. 57% of calories as carbohydrates, 39% of calories from grains, 30 grams of fiber per day. By 1965 grain consumption was basically cut in half, fiber fell to 20 g/day, fat and sweeteners went up 20%. For 2000 they have 50% of calories as carbohydrates and 24% of calories from grains.
Since 1965 the story is basically about eating more and more of everything (absolute increases on the order of 20% in 30 years in almost every category.)
P.S. Do you know what common food item is the most expensive (as in, overpriced) in the United States, compared to the rest of the world? It's loaf bread. 100 years ago it was a dietary staple and it was selling close to cost. At some point people probably decided that it's too boring, and it turned into a specialty item with fat price margins. Compared to 100 years ago, wheat is substantially cheaper (adjusted for inflation), but bread is more expensive.
The U.S. has very efficient food industry and a lot of stuff is cheaper here than overseas. But bread costs $2+ per pound here and $0.30..$0.50 per pound in other, "less developed" countries.
One other food item that had a similar fate is potatoes. 100 years ago Americans were eating half a pound of baked/boiled potatoes per person, per day. Today, if we exclude chips and french fries, they eat only 1/4'th of that amount. Accordingly, as demand for potatoes fell, potatoes themselves got a lot more expensive. You used to be able to buy 10 pounds of potatoes for the price of a pound of bananas or half a dozen eggs. Today potatoes are more expensive than bananas.
Not 1.84, but I occasionally see them for 1.99 and they are almost always available around here for 2.49.Boneless skinless chicken breasts are just 1.84lb??
Didn't think it was that cheap?